Firstly, I would like to apologies for not posting in a while. I had a prospective job interview to prepare for however, I was unsuccessful so I guess the hunt is still on. So, I am sorry I’ve not been in touch but I promise I will try and post every week from now on.
Someone asked me recently “would you have preferred to of been born with your impairment or not?” At first I didn’t really know how to answer them, but then I thought, being born with my impairment I haven’t missed out of doing much that I could have done otherwise. Yes, I’ve never been able to walk, run, jump or even do a cartwheel, however I have been able to drive a wheelchair since the age of 3. It is true I did crash into a glass door, walls, run over many people’s feet and a cleaning sign, but I am honestly a good driver. Some people have tried to drive my chair and failed, even on the lowest speed. What I’m trying to say is I don’t miss doing things that I’ve never been able to do. Yes, I wish for even just a minute I could but that kind of thinking doesn’t get you far in life, you’ve just got to appreciate what you have. Being the way I am I have had to adapt and I believe that’s helped me be good at improvising. If I see a situation that I feel is difficult for me and I can (sometimes) think quickly of how to adapt and be able to still do it. The way I see things, if people say I can’t do something I make it my mission to do it and prove them wrong. Now I know somethings aren’t fesible but if they are I will do it.
Like university for example. Some people said to myself and my parents that I wouldn’t manage it, that it would be too much for me but those people didn’t really know me. If it wasn’t for the support of my parents and other academic staff I would have been pushed to doing something that I didn’t want to do. Now I’m not saying university wasn’t hard. It’s hard for most people, impairment or not, but I stuck it out. Even with breaking a leg, being ill and losing both my grandparents in the space of two weeks. Every year a new obstacle showed up, but I pushed past it. I graduated with grades that I was happy with and now I’m looking to get into the working world. I want to live my life as normal as possible, and that’s why as well looking for job I am going to be enjoying myself because…IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!! I love everything about this time of the year, except the snow because as you can probably tell I cannot move an inch in it and that is not good. I can’t wait to visit the Edinburgh Christmas Market this weekend and my next post will be about my visit and how well it is for my wheelchair, which I’m hoping is good. But for now, have a great week and I’ll speak to you soon.